Alan Arkin (Actor)

#60473 Alan Arkin

For everybody, the tide comes in, the tide goes out - if you're an actor, particularly. .

Alan Arkin Quotes about art
#60474 Alan Arkin

No matter how much time you spend reading books or following your intuition, you're gonna screw it up. Fifty times. You can't do parenting right. .

Alan Arkin Quotes about books
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No matter what you do or where you are, you're going to be missing out on something. .

Alan Arkin Quotes about sin
#60476 Alan Arkin

That's the privilege of old age: You don't have to remember. .

Alan Arkin Quotes about age
#60477 Alan Arkin

Everybody's career has ups and downs. I like to take chances; I don't like to stand still. And I don't give a damn what the market is interested in; I want to try things. .

Alan Arkin Quotes about body
#60478 Alan Arkin

I don't believe there's anything in life you can't go back and fix. The ancient Vedas - the oldest Hindu philosophy - and modern science agree that time is an illusion. If that's true, there's no such thing as a past or a future - it's all one huge now. So what you fix now affects the past and the future. .

Alan Arkin Quotes about life
#60479 Alan Arkin

I don't know why we have to put things in boxes of superlatives. That isolates them. Life is fluid, and the minute you start trying to put a line around something, it will deceive you and go away. .

Alan Arkin Quotes about art
#60480 Alan Arkin

I don't live in L.A. on purpose because I don't wanna be immersed in that. I have to have a real life, with real people, in order to inform what I'm doing; otherwise, it just becomes the snake eating its own tail. Vampirism. .

Alan Arkin Quotes about life
#60481 Alan Arkin

I had a hard time treating my field as if it's horse racing, putting actors in competition against each other. I see how the industry and the studios feel it's important, but I don't really have a feeling for being in competition. I want to feel sympathetic and close to others, not opposed to them. .

Alan Arkin Quotes about time
#60482 Alan Arkin

I love insane, stupid comedy, but I can only make it work if it's a character I can give some history to and make real. Like the guy I played in 'Little Miss Sunshine.' He's a maniac, but to me he was absolutely believable. .

Alan Arkin Quotes about love
#60483 Alan Arkin

I love working if it's with people who are capable of having a good time. People with a little bit of enjoyment of what they do. If it's enormous pressure, and people feel that their lives are at stake, then it's agony. So I try to pick projects where I feel like I'm going to avoid those traps. .

Alan Arkin Quotes about love
#60484 Alan Arkin

Something I miss terribly from the '60s - the most important phrase in the English language was, 'I got hung up.' Somebody says they got hung up, it's unassailable, you know? You don't go near that. Whoa! I know what that can be like. .

Alan Arkin Quotes about language
#60485 Alan Arkin

You have to think of your career the way you look at the ocean, deciding which wave you're gonna take and which waves you're not gonna take. Some of the waves are going to be big, some are gonna be small, sometimes the sea is going to be calm. Your career is not going to be one steady march upward to glory. .

Alan Arkin Quotes about war
#60486 Alan Arkin

But one of the things I learned from improvising is that all of life is an improvisation, whether you like it or not. Some of the greatest scientific discoveries of the 20th century came out of people dropping things. .

Alan Arkin Quotes about life
#60487 Alan Arkin

I'm very old. I haven't got time to be charming. .

Alan Arkin Quotes about time
#60488 Alan Arkin

Every physicist knows that things connect with each other. To isolate things is not the way the universe works - winning best actor is arbitrary. .

Alan Arkin Quotes about work
#60489 Alan Arkin

I don't believe in competitions between artists. This is insane. Who has the authority to say someone is better? .

Alan Arkin Quotes about art
#60490 Alan Arkin

I get a little upset, yeah, if a year goes by and I don't get a script. Thank God I have other interests that keep me from becoming a nervous wreck. .

Alan Arkin Quotes about god
#60491 Alan Arkin

I know that if I can't move people, then I have no business being an actor. .

Alan Arkin Quotes about people
#60492 Alan Arkin

I wrote my epitaph: He started out a particle and ended up a wave. .

Alan Arkin Quotes about art
#60493 Alan Arkin

Marriage requires searing honesty at all costs. I learned that from my third wife. .

Alan Arkin Quotes about honesty
#60494 Alan Arkin

You hit a certain age, and you haven't died yet, and you become an elder statesman. I think I get a lot of applause because I'm not keeling over. .

Alan Arkin Quotes about man
#60495 Alan Arkin

I did a couple of movies in Brazil, and the actors were incredibly congenial and hung out together a lot. Even the biggest stars would do radio commercials - they're not put on a pedestal like they are in the United States. .

Alan Arkin Quotes about stars
#60496 Alan Arkin

I don't sense that I am someone's hero, though I'm happy when people like my work. I've learned how to be gracious about it, but I try to let it go by. I've seen how, if people start taking on those accolades, it can ruin them completely. .

Alan Arkin Quotes about art
#60497 Alan Arkin

I had to jump around in the arts for a while just to survive. I earned a little money here and there, playing the guitar at union meetings, functions. I sold some science-fiction stories. I knew there was absolutely no question of me not being connected with the arts, but I couldn't find any acting jobs. .

Alan Arkin Quotes about science
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For everybody, the tide comes in, the tide goes out - if youre an actor, particularly. .

Alan Arkin Quotes about art

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